The final itinerary is, of course, always dependant upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year
Sample itinerary information
3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole featuring:
Flying Start – Spectacular 250km low level scenic flight over the reef from Cairns to Lizard Island. (Luggage)
Continental Shelf – Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf where nutrient rich waters attract rich marine life.
Ribbon Reefs – a prized region of the Great Barrier Reef, with excellent fish & coral biodiversity.
Cod Hole – Swim with diver size potato cod.
Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle,
Trolly Shoal, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon.
Steve’s Bommie – a highlight with incredible marine biodiversity, both large and small.
Dwarf minke whales cruise the Ribbon Reefs during June and July.
4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea featuring:
Osprey Reef – Recently proclaimed Shark Sanctuary; 2-3 shark attraction dives; spectacular topography, sheer walls, soft and hard corals; big fish action in 40 metre visibility.
Bougainville Reef – Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns, giant potato cod big fish at Crystal Plateau.
Stunning 250km low level Great Barrier Reef flight from Lizard Is. to Cairns.
7 Night Coral Sea Safari featuring:
Coral Sea: The azure and fathomless water of the Coral Sea is the playground for sharks and big fish action in exceptional visibility. Huge soft coral trees and sea fans will impress.
Ribbon Reefs: The potato cod grouper at the Cod Hole are a highlight, however it is the rich biodiversity of fish species and coral that make this section of the Great Barrier Reef so incredible.
Lizard Island: Mid expedition our staff invite you on a short excursion to Lizard Island. Step back in time at the ruins of Mrs Watsons Cottage; walk through the mangrove swamp on a boardwalk and a stroll up Chinaman’s Ridge yields magnificent views of the island and reefs below.
Far North Coral Sea Exploratory - Bougainville, Osprey; Far Northern & the Ribbon Reefs
7 Nights – 26 Dives. This 650 mile expedition explores three unique regions: remote Coral Sea; the Far Northern Reefs & the superb Ribbon Reefs.
Turtle Spectacular Expeditions
400 miles north of Cairns lies Raine Island, the world’s largest green turtle rookery and placed amidst pristine reefs teaming with life. Explore this rarely visited sector of the Far Northern Great Barrier Reef.
Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition
6 Nights – 27 Dives. This expedition combines adventure diving: SS Yongala Wreck; dramatic vertical walls of Holmes and Flinders Reef. This expedition is booked as a 6 night expedition. Dive back in time and into history.
Minke Whale Dive Expeditions - A unique opportunity on the Great Barrier Reef
Dwarf minke whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef each winter, with most sightings occurring during June and July. The Great Barrier Reef is the only location where snorkel and dive tours with minke whales are available and Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is one of a handful of operators licenced to operate them. Most sightings occur at Ribbon Reef # 10, where some of the best dive sites are.
Coral Sea Exploratory
7 Nights / 26 Dives. This annual expedition combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea with the best of the Great Barrier Reefs Ribbon Reefs. The initial phase of this expedition focuses on providing an opportunity to encounter swimming with dwarf minke whales.
Shark Shooter Expedition - Coral Sea
Improve your photography techniques. Join underwater photographer Damien Siviero on his daily underwater photography workshops.
Macro Shootout Expedition
3 Nights / 12 Dives. Discover the big and the small. Coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero on how to get that iconic underwater macro shot.
Nautilus Interaction Expeditions - Coral Sea Research